Applied Legal Storytelling Skills Begin with Good Storytelling Skills

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 11.19.23 PMI recently attended the Applied Legal Storytelling biennial conference (this year in Seattle), where law professors gather to discuss the importance of storytelling in the legal field.

My workshop was on the benefits of improv in storytelling; specifically the sense of observation, pattern recognition, the ability to share a story in a colorful and visual way.

Most people when listening to the facts of a legal matter, will use their own experience to organize the facts of the story in a framework created by their own experience. Storytelling skills are essential for good litigators.

Here is article that accurately connects improv and good storytelling skills.


Upright Citizen Brigade founding member Matt Besser is one of the world’s leading improvers. Here, the off-the-cuff expert offers wisdom on how to free associate your way to solid spontaneous storytelling.

What we say matters a great deal, but so does what we don’t say. There are times when you just can’t afford to clam up when called upon to contribute. While it’s impractical to be forever armed with go-to stories on every conceivable topic—just in case your boss or a bridal party should parachute out of the sky, seeking your input—there are ways to prepare for off-the-cuff storytelling.

If anyone knows the ins and outs of speaking extemporaneously, it’s Matt Besser. Along with Amy Poehler and Adam McKay, Besser is one of the original members of Upright Citizens Brigade, the improv and sketch troupe that eventually launched a show on Comedy Central, several theaters and schools, and also the careers of everyone from Ed Helms to Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover. Besser also directed a movie recently, and he hosts a weekly improv podcast, called, simply, Improv4Humans.


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